Laurie Penny

Laurie Penny is a columnist for The Independent

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Laurie Penny: If you really believe in WikiLeaks, you must want Assange to face up to justice

Governments cannot be trusted currently to deliver justice and accountability

Laurie Penny: There's no democracy – Putin is the Tsar of Russia now

"It's just amazing to see some women doing real protest, making a real noise," says Hayley Foster Da Silva, 29, a pharmacist and activist holding a sparkly home-made sign that reads "Free Pussy Riot". "It's all about freedom of speech."

Laurie Penny: To hell with the Gradgrinds – go to university

It matters that we live in a country that no longer believes in training minds from all backgrounds

Action from Horse Guards Parade, where empty seats were not in evidence

Laurie Penny at the beach volleyball: 'Do you really need to ask why I'm here?'

Laurie Penny gains an insight into the corporate mindset as she mingles with the crowd at the beach volleyball

Laurie Penny: One big happy family. Just don't put a foot wrong

The Olympic Park will be a politics-free zone. But the Games are one of the biggest political statements going

Laurie Penny: Women 'having it all' is a middle-class myth

If I had to invent a way to undermine feminism, I'd set up a ridiculous standard of personal attainment

Laurie Penny: The smoking ban shows the best way to deal with addiction

It's key to understand that some addicts have a deep emotional connection to smoking

Laurie Penny: The violent prejudices of dinosaur David Starkey

When I criticised him for playing xenophobia for laughs, Professor Starkey showed his claws

If you think you hear alarm-bells, it’s not all in your head

Laurie Penny: Austerity and prejudice are
ruining the lives of the mentally ill

A service that was already at breaking point begins to groan and snap.

Mensch has done a service to the next generation of female opinion-makers

Laurie Penny: As a victim of trolls, I applaud Louise Mensch

Notebook: These men confuse freedom of speech with freedom to abuse and harass

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Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

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Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
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Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
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Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
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Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
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Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
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Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
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The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
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Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss